Las Vegas Plastic Surgery
Jing Qu, 55, of Flushing, N.Y., is accused of performing discount eyelift surgery at a home in Las Vegas. Qu has been formally charged with one felony count of burglary and two counts of practicing medicine without a license.
The arrest occurred after a neighbor walked over to a Las Vegas home to complain about a vehicle blocking their driveway. As the neighbor approached the home they witnessed three people inside of the house performing a cosmetic surgery on the dining room table. The neighbor immediately called the police.
Qu is charged with performing eye lifts and injections on the home owner and one other woman. According to the arrest report, Qu told police she was a physician in China who specialized in plastic surgery but was not licensed to practice medicine in the U.S.
The home owner, Ping Zhang, told police she paid Qu $1,000 for her eye lift procedure.
Police stated that the patient was transported to an area hospital for injuries not considered life-threatening. During a search of the home police uncovered medical items such as gauze, surgical blades and anesthetics.
These incidents are becoming all too common, often resulting in horrible consequences. Deaths due to unlicensed practitioners operating in unregulated settings have occurred in New York, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Miami, and Las Vegas. Many other untoward events related to unlicensed plastic surgeries being performed in unsafe facilities go unreported.
Having an illegal, and potentially dangerous treatment performed by an unlicensed practitioner eliminates all of the safety procedures established by state medical boards.
No medical procedure is an exact science, and even the most experienced practitioner may have to deal with complications or unforeseen complications during surgery. However, much of the risk associated with any plastic or cosmetic procedure can be avoided by selecting a board certified plastic surgeon with years of training and experience. Board certified plastic surgeons can usually correct an issue if it arises. More importantly, they are trained to identify an issue or risk before it can become an incident. Members of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons are mandated to do surgery in a certified surgery center or hospital. Before you consider your next cosmetic or plastic surgery procedure, please take the time to learn about the credentials of your physician, their staff, and their facility.
Cheap plastic surgery can be very expensive in the long run. No great deal on a procedure is worth your life.
Jeffrey J. Roth, M.D., F.A.C.S.